Civilianisation Not Privatisation

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Police Staff Conference 2004
1 March 2004
Carried as Amended

Conference supports fully the Civilianisation programme within the Police Service. However, when does ‘civilianisation’ become ‘privatisation’?

Forces are more and more informing their police authorities, communities and staff that it is civilianising police officer posts. However, police staff and communities do not see these roles being advertised; this is due to the real fact that police forces have privatised, outsourced and disestablished these roles.

There needs to be a clear definition that all forces, APA and communities understand the difference between ‘civilianisation’ and ‘privatisation’ with a business case to match.

Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to:

1)write to the Home Office and Scottish Executive and obtain a clear interpretation of ‘civilianisation’;

2)reinforce UNISON’s position on outsourcing and privatisation.